How to Set Up a Tiling Business

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Television home improvement shows have made it look simple to upgrade or remodel your home. But homeowners with no experience often make costly mistakes, forcing them to hire a professional to finish the job. Homeowners attempting tiling jobs often wind up with uneven, unaligned tiles. Learn how to set up a tiling business to help people avoid these failures.

  • Gain experience. Before you start your own business, work under someone who has done the job for years. In fact, some states require you to have a set number of years tiling to obtain a license or permit for your business -- for example, Nevada requires four years of tiling experience.

  • Register your business. At the national level, register with the Internal Revenue Service to obtain an employer identification number (EIN) and ensure you are paying the appropriate taxes. Also register with your state department of revenue and possibly your local city or county government, if necessary.

  • Obtain the appropriate license. You are considered a professional and need a state license. License requirements vary from state to state. Some require financial statements showing you're a sound, professional business, while others require applicants to pass a written or hands-on licensing exam.

  • Purchase tiling equipment. A tile saw, floor strippers, grout guns and tile drilling bits are just some of the pieces of equipment you'll need. Make sure you buy heavy-duty equipment such as a continuous duty tile saw.

  • Set prices for tiling services. Tiling businesses generally charge by the square foot. Determine your price per square foot in advance, as well as charges for additional work such as removing old tile or completing a customized layout.

  • Hire crew to assist you. When your business opens, you may not have enough work to warrant hiring additional people. But as your business grows, add more employees to complete jobs faster and work at multiple locations.

  • Network and advertise. As with any job in the construction field, it's important that you spend time networking with general contractors and other professionals in the field. Getting to know them can give you an advantage when bidding on subcontracting jobs. Advertising also is important.

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